AVONDALE, Ariz. — The internal announcement was made on the first of the month: Stotz Equipment has reached agreement to purchase the assets of Christiansen Implement. Stotz, formerly known as AZ Machinery, AA Equipment and Greenline Equipment, has done its fair share of growing over the last 10 years, but this is their first acquisition in over 3 years. The central Idaho stores are heavily focused on large agriculture, significantly expanding Stotz Equipment’s large agriculture territory.

Stotz has some experience in the region, with pre-existing locations in Preston, Idaho and Tremonton, Utah, but these additional locations will give them a greater influence in the evolving northwestern region. As family-owned companies with strong core values and a focus on community involvement, Christiansen and Stotz are a natural fit.

Stotz President and CEO, Tom Rosztoczy, said, “We are thrilled to have the wonderful people of Christiansen Implement join us on our journey to make life easier for our customers and be the best equipment dealer in the world.” With both parties’ strong history with John Deere and Stotz’s experience successfully purchasing and transitioning new locations, the future is bright.

The purchase was announced to both Christiansen and Stotz employees on the first of the month. The transaction is scheduled to close Aug. 1, 2016, at which point the name change will be official. Stotz is already planning open house events at each location, along with other various events during the harvest and holiday season, in an effort to introduce themselves to the communities and to learn more about the new territory and customers. Both parties will have the next couple months to get everything in place as they prepare for a transition that is as seamless as possible.